Classic Non-Album Cuts: Scarface

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In my opinion, he’s the greatest MC from the south and, honestly, it’s not even close.

For approximately a quarter century, Scarface has been challenging every other MC to up his or her game simply by being himself and doing his own thing. And that thing is being able to perfectly balance the street with the spiritual, the heartfelt with the heartless. Very few – if any – other rap artists can rhyme about such a wide variety of topics and emotions and make the listener believe that all of it is sincere.

Sincerity has been at the core of Scarface’s career and his success, from the Geto Boys to his featured appearances, to his classic albums.

Let’s take a journey with the man they call ‘Face…

Soundtracks

“Street Life” off the South Central soundtrack (1992)

“Jesse James” off the Jason’s Lyric soundtrack (1994)

“Among the Walking Dead” (featuring Facemob) off The Walking Dead soundtrack (1995)

“Friday Night” (featuring CJ Mac) off the Friday soundtrack (1995)

“Face Mob” (featuring Facemob) off the Tales from the Hood soundtrack (1995)

“Rivals” (featuring Facemob) off the Original Gangstas soundtrack (1996)

“Skrilla” (featuring Facemob) off the High School High soundtrack (1996)

“You Delinquent” (featuring Ice Cube & Mack 10) off The Players Club soundtrack (1998)

“Suicide” off The Fast and the Furious (2001)

Compilations

“WW III” (featuring Snoop Dogg, Yung Wuon & Jadakiss) off Ruff Ryders’ Ryde or Die Vol. 2 (2000)

“Gotta Love Gangstas” (featuring Tha Realest & Richie Rich) off Suge Knight Represents: Chronic 2000

“Gangsta Rap” (featuring Crooked I, Treach & Kurupt) off Too Gangsta for Radio (2000)

“I Never Liked Ya Ass” (featuring Fat Joe & Raekwon) off DJ Kay Slay’s The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1 (2003)

“Face Off” (featuring Ghostface Killah) off DJ Kay Slay’s The Streetsweeper, Vol. 2 (2004)

“Yacht Music” (featuring Nas, Willie the Kid & Marsha Ambrosius” off DJ Drama’s Gangsta Grillz: The Album (Vol. 2) (2009)

“Never Surrender” (featuring Akon, Anthony Hamilton, John Legend, Meek Mill & Jadakiss) off DJ Khaled’s Suffering from Success (2013)

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As Featured Artist

“Action Speaks Louder Than Words” off Ganksta N-I-P’s The South Park Psycho (1992)

“Two to the Head” off Kool G Rap & DJ Polo’s Live and Let Die (1992)

“N 2 Deep” off Compton’s Most Wanted’s Music to Driveby (1992)

“Daddy’s Gone” off Big Mike’s Somethin’ Serious (1994)

“I Know” off 5th Ward Boyz’s Usual Suspects (1997)

“Betrayal” off Gang Starr’s Moment of Truth (1998)

“Who Am I” off Do or Die’s Headz or Tailz (1998)

“Favor for a Favor” off Nas’s I Am… (1999)

“Mac & Brad” off Beanie Sigel’s The Truth (2000)

“Dem Boyz” off Willie D’s Loved by Few, Hated by Many (2000)

“Real N—-z” off Redman’s Malpractice (2001)

“Mom Praying” off Beanie Sigel’s The Reason (2001)

“Do-Re-Mi” off Erick Sermon’s Music (2001)

“I Luv” off Too Short’s Chase the Cat (2001)

“So Hard” off WC’s Ghetto Heisman (2002)

“Southside [Remix]” off Lloyd’s Southside (2004)

“Pushin’” off Bun B’s Trill (2005)

“Sunshine to the Rain” off Miri Ben-Ari’s The Hip-Hop Violinist (2005)

“Hustler’s Story” off The Notorious B.I.G.’s Duets: The Final Chapter (2005)

“Iceman” off Lloyd Banks’s Rotten Apple (2006)

“Gangsta N—-z” off Ludacris’s Pre-Release Therapy mixtape (2006)

“Still Ridin’ Dirty” off UGK’s Underground Kingz (2007)

“Baby Don’t Do It” off Freeway’s Free at Last (2007)

“Rain [Bridge]” off Beanie Sigel’s The Solution (2007)

“Pillow Talkin’” off Tech N9ne’s Killer (2008)

“Ride wit Me” off Young Jeezy’s Trap or Die 2 (2010)

“How Life Changed” off T.I.’s No Mercy (2010)

“Scarface” off Gucci Mane’s I’m Up (2012)

“Ghetto Dreams” off 2 Chainz’s Based on a T.R.U. Story (2012)

“Hip Hop” off DJ Khaled’s Kiss the Ring (2012)

“Chris Benoit [Remix]” off Insane Clown Posse’s Mike E. Clark’s Extra Pop Emporium (2012)

“Hollywood” off The Game’s OKE: Operation Kill Everything (2013)

“Fuck What Happens Tonight” off French Montana’s Excuse My French (2013)

“Broken” off Freddie Gibbs & Madlib’s Piñata (2014)

“Last Time You Seen” off The Game’s The Documentary 2.5 (2015)

Randoms and Unreleased

“Smile” [Original] (featuring 2Pac) (1997)

“The Dope Game [Remix]” (featuring Yung Texxus, Heleze, Trae MJ & G-Mack (2008)

“Rollin & Smokin” (featuring Spice 1, Devin the Dude & 2Pac) (2010)

“Murder” (featuring The Game & Kendrick Lamar) (2012)

“I Been On [Remix]” (featuring Beyoncé, Bun B, Z-Ro, Willie D, Lil Keke & Slim Thug (2013)

All entries in the Classic Non-Album Cuts series:

The LOX | Wu-Tang Clan | Eminem | The Notorious B.I.G. | Ice Cube | André 3000 | 2Pac | Dr. Dre | Nas | Jay-Z | Kendrick Lamar | Tha Dogg Pound | Scarface | Canibus


Christopher Pierznik’s eight books are available in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, Medium, Hip Hop Golden Age, and many more. Subscribe to his monthly reading review newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

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